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After armed robbery charge dismissed, Athens teen sentenced to boot camp, probation

Updated: Oct 13, 2021


By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen who had been indicted for pistol whipping and robbing another teen two years ago was recently sentenced to a boot camp and probation.

Fredrick Heard, 19, of Bonnie Lane was indicted in December 2019 for armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to the indictment that was filed in Clarke County Superior Court.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the incident occurred the afternoon of Nov. 15, 2019 when a 16-year-old boy was walking in the area of 755 Broad apartments on East Broad Street and was accosted by Heard and two other teens.

During the incident, Heard allegedly brandished a pistol at the victim and struck the victim in the head and body with his fists and the gun, according to the indictment.

He allegedly stole an iPhone 6, headphones and a bag of chips with a total value of $172.

Heard was arrested in the vicinity of the incident following a foot pursuit, police said.

The indictment had been filed when Ken Mauldin was district attorney for Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

A new charging document, called an accusation, was filed Thursday by the DA’s office that is now headed by Deborah Gonzalez that charged Heard a single count of aggravated assault for brandish a handgun at the victim and striking him with his fists.

As part of a negotiated plea on Thursday, Heard pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and the charges in the previous indictment were dismissed.

Pursuant to the plea deal, Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens sentenced Heard to one year in confinement, with credit given for three months that he spent in jail following his arrest, and the balance suspended after spending 90 to 120 days in a Department of Corrections boot camp program, and nine years on probation, according to court records.

The judge gave Heard, who had not been previously convicted of a felony, a “behavioral incentive” date of Oct. 7, 2024, at which time probation will end provided that Heard has met all of its requirements, which include not engaging in gang behavior or affiliating with gang members.


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lee elder
lee elder
Oct 14, 2021

Once again Joe u dont speak facts the documents are altered just like your stories and the fact of the matter Fu ck all yall and the Lil fucked up city of athens cause yall dont the real story or me so all yall cant keep your opinion to yall selves if you aint doing shyt but hinding behind a keyboard talking shyt.

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Dec 12, 2021
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Dude, all of the information can be found in documents at the courthouse. Who are you accusing of altering those documents ?

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DA Gonzalez is going to single handedly ruin Athens. Who is going to want to send their children to a small college town overrun by violent criminals that never go to jail? Who mailed in all those ballots that got her elected?

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lee elder
lee elder
Oct 13, 2021

I dont have to read the facts stupid cause he my belong to me I was there joe Johnson write what he want and facts aint it.....

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Your boy will be arrested again, most likely while in bootcamp. He learned it from his momma.

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ThinkAboutIt
ThinkAboutIt
Oct 13, 2021

What should be the point of the justice system? Is it just to keep criminals out of society and away from "us," or is it to rehabilitate criminals so they can go back into society and live a good life? This teen made a bad choice, with consequences, but what those consequences should be depends on what we want the justice system to do. Should he really be locked away for a long time (and will that "fix" him)? Or should we give him a chance to make better choices after bootcamp and showing he can stay from gangs? I really don't know the answer. What do y'all think?

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It makes Athens a much safer place and you both need to learn your lesson. So yes he needs to be removed from society.

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lee elder
lee elder
Oct 13, 2021

If yall dont know him dont speak on him keep yall comment to yourselfs! They threw it out cause it was BS just like your comments

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Oct 13, 2021
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That’s correct, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a plea bargain that dismissed the armed robbery charge.

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